Monash University purchases Rigaku CrystalMation system for The Protein Crystallography Unit

Monash University purchases Rigaku CrystalMation system for The Protein Crystallography Unit

The Woodlands, TX— September 25, 2008. Rigaku Americas Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of the CrystalMation™ automated protein crystallization system, a modified HighFlux HomeLab™ with R-AXIS IV++ imaging plate detector, and a MicroMax™-007 HF X-ray source upgrade to The Protein Crystallography Unit within the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology of Monash University (Victoria, Australia).

The system was chosen by Profs. Rossjohn and Wilce of Monash University as an upgrade for their in-house Crystallization Laboratory and X-ray Diffraction Laboratory facilities and in support of macromolecular crystallographic studies carried out by researchers at Monash University and their collaborative partners, which seek to understand the structure, function and interactions of biologically important molecules at the atomic, molecular and supra-molecular level.

Rigaku's CrystalMation is a fully integrated platform for protein crystallization, automating every step from custom screen making to crystallization trial imaging and analysis. Due to its modular design, CrystalMation can be configured to meet a wide range of requirements and grow with changing needs. Each of the innovative workstations is available as a stand-alone instrument or in combination with one or more additional components.

The Rigaku HighFlux HomeLab is part of a family of "home laboratory" solutions providing macromolecular X-ray crystallographers with everything from fully automated crystal screening to high-throughput structure determination. Based on a specialized and unique combination of extraordinary components, Rigaku HomeLab systems represent a fully integrated and optimized response to the needs of academic, pharma and biotechnology sectors for leading edge proteomics research.

About The Protein Crystallography Unit at Monash University

The Protein Crystallography Unit was established at Monash University in 2002 by Prof. Rossjohn, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. The Unit comprises a large number of independent groups, comprising about 70 researchers. Their research is focused on understanding events relevant to biomedical health, including infection, immunity and cancer, and their findings have been published in Nature, Science and Nature Immunology.

About Monash

Excellence in research and education and great diversity in location, culture, and people distinguish Monash as a leading Australian and proudly international university. Monash is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world (Times Higher Education Supplement) and is placed among Australia's prestigious Group of Eight universities.

Rigaku—Leading With Innovation

Since its inception in Japan in 1951, Rigaku has been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. Rigaku and its subsidiaries form a global group focused on life sciences and general purpose analytical instrumentation. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, Rigaku companies are world leaders in the fields of small molecule and protein crystallography, X-ray spectrometry and diffraction, X-ray optics, as well as semiconductor metrology. Rigaku employs over 1,100 people in the manufacture and support of its analytical equipment. Its products are in use in more than 70 countries—supporting research, development, and quality assurance activities. Throughout the world, Rigaku continuously promotes partnerships, dialog, and innovation within the global scientific and industrial community.

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Rigaku Automation
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